A copyeditor corrects writing that is grammatically incorrect and clarifies phrasing that could be clearer. Copyeditors understand how sentences are structured and where each word functions within that sentence, phrase, or clause. Copyediting is a technical and methodical process, which takes considerable concentration, attention to detail, and time.
Several suggested changes are made throughout the copyediting process, including, but not limited to: grammar usage, tone, sentence organisation, and word choice. A copyeditor helps to identify and reduce potentially misleading information. They also reduce barriers to reading on by ensuring a piece of writing flows well and reads fluently.
When your work is being copyedited, the following areas my be addressed:
point of view,
wordy writing or vocabulary choices,
Making corrections to a document ensures your readers gain a meaningful understanding of the writing and that the intention of the document is fulfilled. Further, a copy-editor will check facts and point out any inconsistencies across the body of work.
Kyla-Jayne understands the writing process and knows that writers don't intentionally make grammatical mistakes, they just happen. It's okay. You're in good hands.
Kyla-Jayne is a qualified and experienced copyeditor. She does not judge the ability of any writer. She is simply there to bring out the best in the work for the satisfaction of the writer and their intended audience. She works respectfully and in a way that honours the effort her clients have put into their writing. She is very encouraging, always communicates well with her clients, and respects their privacy at all times.
Substantive Editing provides an insightful overview of a whole text and the process will strengthen the foundations of a book or document. A substantive editor assesses the text to identify any incongruities that undermine the author's intentions, like unnecessary characters or scenes that don't advance the story. It is usually very beneficial for the writer to have their manuscript substantively edited in the earlier drafts of the writing process.
This more in depth editing will further storylines, improve on the overall organisation and logic of the story arch, and clarify the text's strengths and weaknesses. We ask questions like, is the story world believable? Do the actions of each character make sense based on who they're portrayed to be through the characterisation? Is the text coherent and organised? Are the chapters in the correct order? Is the story's structure logical and does it build to the appropriate climax or conclusion? What are the inconsistencies?
In fiction manuscripts, areas of assessment include:
point of view,
sense of place,
consistency between character and plot.
Non-fiction manuscripts, articles, letters and documents differ to the needs within a fiction manuscript, however, needing to maintain a structurally sound narrative flow, remains. In non-fiction writing, factual accuracy is of the utmost importance, and a good substantive editor will flag areas of concern to ensure the information presented by the writer is correct, and not fictional or plagiarised.
Substantive editing can also be helpful when a writer feels blocked or is struggling to bring their ideas together coherently. Although, please note, this type of in-depth analysis can sometimes be unhelpful if the writer is still in the exciting stages of idea formulation and creative birthing. Respectfully, Kyla-Jayne prefers not to interfere during this stage.
Rather, if the writer feels blocked in the 1st draft stage, it is much better to find some delicious creative stimulation to provide the writer with the energy to carry on.
Kyla-Jayne has experience with both substantive editing, rewriting and manuscript assessment. If you'd like KJ to work with your manuscript, please email: email@example.com or call, +61 3414 792 585
SUBSTITUTE DAMN EVERY TIME YOU'RE INCLINED TO WRITE VERY, YOUR EDITOR WILL DELETE IT AND THE WRITING WILL BE JUST AS IT SHOULD BE. Mark Twain